I came across this evening. It's late, I've had a tough day with work, but this is so important it has to be posted. It comes from a former IPCC panelist and MIT meteorologist, Richard Lindzen.
On Global Warming Fears: I think it's mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other and themselves.
And there's a lot of confusion in this and, you know, at the heart of it, we're talking of a few tenths of a degree change in temperature. None of it in the last eight years, by the way. And if we had warming, it should be accomplished by less storminess. But because the temperature itself is so unspectacular, we have developed all sorts of fear of prospect scenarios -- of flooding, of plague, of increased storminess when the physics says we should see less.
No warming in the last 8 years. That makes sense - after all, the IPCC report does state that methane levels have DECREASED and if the earth was warming that should not happen. The IPCC report also admitted that it didn't understand why it had decreased. Perhaps the cows have stopped farting.
Lindzen on ‘Symbolic’ Solutions to Global Warming Lindzen: "[I]f there's anything that there is a consensus on, [it is that we] will do very little to affect climate. So right now despite all of the claims to the contrary, we're talking about symbolism. And I think Julian's point is correct. Do you spend a lot? Do you distort a great deal in the economy for symbolism? And I think future generations are not going to blame us for anything except for being silly, for letting a few tenths of a degree panic us.
And I think nobody is arguing about whether our climate is changing. It's always changing. Sea level has been rising since the end of the last ice age. The experts on it in the IPCC have freely acknowledged there's no strong evidence it's accelerating.
Various other recent studies have also indicated that sea level rise has not accelerated - but that hasn't stopped the media with their big scary graphics showing the UK half submerged.
Lindzen Says UN IPCC does not Reflect Thousands of Scientists – Only a Dozen or so Scientists: Senator Inhofe was absolutely right. All that's coming out Friday is a summary for policymakers that is not prepared by scientists. Rob is wrong. It's not 2,500 people offering their consensus, I participated in that. Each person who is an author writes one or two pages in conjunction with someone else. They travel around the world several times a year for several years to write it and the summary for policymakers has the input of about 13 of the scientists, but ultimately, it is written by representatives of governments, of environmental organizations like the Union of Concerned Scientists, and industrial organizations, each seeking their own benefit. [my italics]
As I pointed out in my earlier post - this so-called "scientific consensus" is nothing of the sort. It is a political consensus and the latest report is the viewpoint of that political consensus. Why do you think this whole thing has to be delivered from a political angle rather than a scientific one?
And the scientists themselves must be having a whale of a time. Loads of funding for doing what they love, free travel all over the world, no expense spared and the knowledge that they can spin it out for years - unless they conclude that nothing much is happening. Then it all ends. What would you do?
What I have seen today - in the newspapers, on the radio, television and on the web - is nothing short of the biggest piece of propaganda in history. The distortions and fabrications have been staggering. No doubt there will be plenty of people who will look at what they've been fed and wonder how people like me can still remain sceptical. One word I heard on the news was "incontrovertible".
As a great man once said "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."